NAVER LABS Europe founding partner of EU project: Time Machine
Unleashing Big Data of the Past – Europe builds a Time Machine
The Time Machine Project builds a Large Scale Simulator mapping 2000 years of European History, transforming kilometres of archives and large collections from museums into a digital information system.
The Time Machine will create advanced AI technologies to make sense of vast amounts of information from complex historical data sets. This will enable the transformation of fragmented data – with content ranging from medieval manuscripts and historical objects to smartphone and satellite images – into useable knowledge for industry. In essence, a large-scale computing and digitisation infrastructure will map Europe’s entire social, cultural and geographical evolution. Considering the unprecedented scale and complexity of the data, The Time Machine’s AI even has the potential to create a strong competitive advantage for Europe in the global AI race.
The European Commission has chosen Time Machine as one of the six proposals retained for preparing large scale research initiatives to be strategically developed in the next decade. €1 million in funding has been granted for preparing the detailed roadmaps of this initiative that aims at extracting and utilising the Big Data of the past. Time Machine foresees to design and implement advanced new digitisation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to mine Europe’s vast cultural heritage, providing fair and free access to information that will support future scientific and technological developments in Europe.
NAVER LABS Europe is a founding member bringing their scientific expertise in Intelligent Pattern Recognition (IPR) and historical document understanding on the basis of artificial intelligence.Other founding members include Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Technische Hochschule Wien, International Centre for Archival Research, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Utrecht University, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, École nationale des chartes, University of Bologna, Institut National de l'Information Géographique et Forestière, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Uniwersytet Warszawski, University of Luxembourg, Bar-Ilan University, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, University of Antwerp, Qidenus Technologies, Delft University of Technology, CNRS, Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, FIZ Karlsruhe, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Ghent University, TU Dresden (TUD), TU Dortmund, Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Ubisoft.